Project Canine Leadership

Project Canine therapy dog, Tater.

Judith Anderson-Wright, MA CPDT-KA (Project Canine board President, Vice President, instructor and examiner), is well versed in human as well as canine learning styles, effective teaching techniques, and the many aspects of providing support and services to individuals who have special needs or are medically fragile. She holds a Masters of Art degree in Special Education with an endorsement in Orientation and Mobility and Education of the Visually Impaired. She has trained individuals and their service dogs and has spent time training on-site at the Seeing Eye School in New Jersey and the Helen Keller Center for Deaf-Blind and Guiding Eyes for the Blind, both located in New York State. Judith has been a professional educator for over thirty years and a canine enthusiast since she was a child. She has been training dogs professionally for over ten years as co-owner of Great Dog Daycare and Canine Education Center. Identifying a void in the Animal Assisted Therapy field she and other founders collaborated to create the Project Canine/Connecting Canines program in an effort to raise the standard of care in training and evaluating both humans and canines for therapy team work. Ultimately, in conjunction with a world-renowned canine behaviorist, Judith created the first protocol for examining not only dog behavior but the effectiveness of the relationship between the dog and its human counterpart. Judith has placed many Animal Assisted Therapy teams at Ronald McDonald House while also visiting there herself with her canine partner Opie. (Photo: Judi's therapy puppy partner Tater Tot. Tater is a Jack Russell Terrier.)

Project Canine therapy dog, Dash.

Donna Frindt (Project Canine Executive Director, instructor and examiner) brings more than twenty years of business experience in marketing communications, project management, and online business management to Project Canine. She has worked in a variety of business environments from large, Fortune 500-sized organizations to small entrepreneurial firms. Donna teams with her Australian Shepherd, Dash, to provide AAT at the Ronald McDonald House as well as to support various Project Canine special events and programs. Donna is a certified Connecting Canines instructor and examiner. She teaches the Project Canine Therapy Animal Preparation Workshop, conducts examinations on a regular basis, and teaches Practice Lab. Donna is also a certified Level I Great Dog Canine Educator. (Photo: Donna's therapy dog partner Dash. Dash is an Australian Shepherd.)

Project Canine therapy dog, Hoyt.

Steve Hansen, MA (Project Canine Treasurer, instructor and examiner) comes to Project Canine with more than twenty years of management experience in social service, technology, and project delivery at companies ranging from Fortune 100 to small startups in fields including education, software, health care, finance/banking, and defense/aerospace. Steve, along with his retired racing Greyhound Hoyt, joined Project Canine in June 2013. They enjoy visiting at Ryther, Seattle Public Libraries, and the Ronald McDonald House. Steve is the on-site coordinator for Project Canine’s Bow Wow and Books child literacy program. Steve and Hoyt have an active schedule every month providing therapy dog team certification training, examinations, and, their favorite, Practice Lab coaching. (Photo: Steve's therapy dog partner Princess Leia. Princess Leia is a Greyhound.)

Project Canine therapy dog, Jake.

Missy Hughes, CPDT-KA (Project Canine Board member and examiner) is the Director of Administration and a Senior Canine Educator at Great Dog Daycare and Canine Education Center. After a thirty-year career in corporate communications and many years as a volunteer and board member with a variety of non-profit organizations, she followed her soul-dog Augie's advice and started working with dogs full-time. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and certified AKC Canine Good Citizen examiner who teaches a variety of classes and provides private training for all kinds of canine clients. She currently helps with the Bow Wows and Books sessions at the Northgate branch of the Seattle Public Library and assists with Project Canine exams and classes. (Photo: Jake is Missy's non-certified companion dog.)

Project Canine therapy dog, Casey.

Amy Linder, CPDT-KA (Project Canine Oregon coordinator, instructor and examiner) is a Deputy Fire Marshal who uses her two Dalmations, Cody and Casey, to help teach children about fire safety. Amy’s partners are Official Fire Safety Dalmations for the Eugene, OR fire department and are members of the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard. They are also both certified crisis response dogs. Amy has been instructing and testing teams for AAT for over five years and is an ABC certified dog trainer. She is also an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator and is owner of Spots of Success Dog Training. Amy is a Project Canine puppy and adult team trainer and examiner. The Project Canine board of directors chose Amy to expand our program into Oregon because of her extensive training and experience and her demonstrated commitment to training highly qualified AAT teams in accordance with Project Canine values. (Photo: Amy's therapy dog partner Casey. Casey is a Dalmatian.)